The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Twins 5, RAYS 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Always nice to see Evan Longoria go yard because it could be the start of another hot streak. On a side note, because of the pitch — an awful sinker up in the zone and out over the plate that had no sink — Longo had a bit of an unusual swing. It seemed very familiar but I couldn’t place it. Then it hit me this morning. It was very Dave Winfieldian. Loopy and jerky, but effective…How good is Chris Archer even when he is not his best? This was the face Brian Dozier made after striking out.
THE BAD: The game was lost in the 6th inning. With the game tied 2-2, the Rays loaded the bases with 3 straight singles to start the inning. But then Rene Rivera hit an infield pop-up on a 2-1 pitch when he should have been looking simply for a pitch to hit hard. The Twins then went to the bullpen and Daniel Nava popped up to the infield and Brandon Guyer flied out to end the threat. The Twins then scored twice in the next inning and it felt like that was it…Should we talk about the 9,205 attendance? I’ll say this. Last night was even more embarrassing than the night before (9,632) because Chris Archer was on the mound. Archer is more must-see now than I ever remember any Rays player ever and that includes Carl Crawford in his prime and David Price. Archer is a legit shot to throw a no-hitter every time he takes the mound and he does it with emotion and flare. He is as fun a player to watch in baseball and then this happens:
THE TELLING: Curt Casali went on the DL after injuring his hamstring on a home run Tuesday night. JP Arencibia was called up to take his place and was inserted into the game late. To make room on the 40-man roster for Arencibia, double-A pitcher Grayson Garvin was promoted to the Rays and then placed on the 60-day DL. Garvin was already on the 40-man roster but now no longer counts towards the maximum 40 players while on the 60-day DL…The Rays are now 62-64, 3 games back in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Roger Mooney writes about JP Arencibia’s return to the big leagues. [TBO.com]
- Tom Jones writes that the Rays “don’t feel like a playoff team.” [TampaBay.com]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Bulls beat Norfolk 8-4 with Bradin Hagens giving up 4 runs (2 earned) over 6.2 innings with no strikeouts. His ERA is 3.16. Mikie Mahtook went 4-5 with a pair of RBI. Joey Butler was 3-5 with 2 home runs. Butler is 14-34 (.412) with 4 home runs in his last 8 games. The Bulls are now 66-66, 7.5 games back in the IL South. Their elimination number is 6 with 12 games to go…Montgomery beat Jackson 4-2 with a Leonardo Reginatto 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th. Taylor Guerrieri allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 5.0 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none. His double-A ERA is now 2.25. The Biscuits are 37-22 in the second half and lead the Southern League North (yes, the SL has a North division) by 4.5 games with 11 games to go…The Charlotte Stone Crabs had the night off. They are 19-37 and in last place in the FSL South for the second half. However, as the first half division champs, the Stone Crabs are already in the playoffs…Bowling Green beat Great Lakes 6-4. They are now 28-29, 6 games back in the Midwest League East.